Extension exercises

Materials help this kitchen merge with the rest of the living area, while an illusion of space is created through vertical and horizontal planes
Story by: Camille Butler
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View of the dining room which features dining furnishings and chairs with elongaed backs, feature wall with artwork, lighitng.

Making a relatively small space appear larger is a common challenge among designers and there are many ways of achieving it.

For the redesign of this kitchen and dining space, interior design company Simplex Design used elongated horizontal and vertical planes to create a sense of spaciousness. One area where this is most noticeable is the dropped ceiling above the kitchen.

"As well as giving an illusion of length to the kitchen, the dropped ceiling also clearly defines the space within the open-plan living area," says designer Kwongseng Kiu. "It also allowed us to install indirect lighting around the edges, which is visually comfortable to work under. To add sparkle and shine, a shimmering light fixture was installed above the island."


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View of kitchen which features a kitchen island with chandelier above, cabinetry, kitchen appliances, sink and tapware, lighting.

In the dining area, Simplex Design has used the verticality of the double-height space to create a sense of height and length. Elongated vertical artwork adorns the feature wall that extends to the upper floor. The dining chairs have tall backs that give the impression of stretching towards the ceiling. A chandelier of fine proportions was chosen to hang within the space, so as not to interfere with its height.

Removing walls may seem like an obvious solution for extending the feeling of space, but it is an effective one nonetheless. Simplex Design removed a wall that separated the staircase from the kitchen.

"As well as making the space seem larger, this created a direct connection between the staircase and the kitchen," says the designer. "To further this connection, black granite was used on the bottom step to match the shiny black toekick and bar stools in the kitchen."

View of the dining room which features dining ceiling, dining room, floor, furniture, home, interior design, living room, room, table, wall, gray
View of the dining room which features dining furnishings and chairs with elongaed backs, feature wall with artwork, lighitng.

A piece of glass with sand-etched patterning was installed on the stair landing. This is both for safety, and for the sharing of light between the two floors.

To help blend the kitchen with the rest of the space, the designers mixed teak cabinetry with white spray-painted upper cabinets.

"The teak helps the cabinetry merge with the living room, which has wooden furniture. The white cabinets also have the same level of shine as the homogenous tiled floors," says Kwongseng Kiu.

Aug 28, 2009

Credit list

Developer
Camellia Tropicana
Benchtop
White acrylic Solid Surface by Samsung
Tile flooring
Niro homogenous tile in Urban U01 Wheat
Lighting
Tsen Lighting
Blinds and drapes
Simplex Design
Tapware
Johnson Suisse
Microwave
Electrolux
Cabinetry
Teak veneer, spray paint
Flooring
Perla Beige marble stone from Atlastone Marketing
Wall tiles
Niro homogenous tile in Solfen S03 Pearl
Doors and windows
Solid timber doors, Balau timber main door, powdercoated aluminium framed windows
Kitchen sink
Akron
Cooktop
Fagor by Electrolux
Refrigerator
Toshiba
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